* Fireweed, the wildflower of transformation and healing. Photo taken last weekend on my Indian Peaks hike.
This Week's Intention: Your inner tides are vulnerable and potent. How can you attend to your emotional body with greater presence? Land and ground in your body wisdom-
in order to keep you close to shore. Use your feelings for creative activation.
It is a new Moon week! A Cancer new Moon is on the rise, promising awakening and detoxification through the wisdom and magic of Ashlesha nakshatra. Venus has just stepped into its enemy's sign, Leo. This transit will bring masculine and feminine dynamics to an intense climax- both personally and globally. This magnification occurs as Jupiter prepares to leave Leo after a yearlong transit here. The lessons of the past cycle are magnifying, culminating in a stronger, more intense awareness. Relationships are the core focus at this time, instigating a deep desire to change, transform and heal the battles within your polarities. Masculine and feminine forces are ripe and asking for integration and co-creation.
Read more about Venus in Leo
Monday, August 1st
Moon in 14th tithi
Late Monday morning, Moon shifts to its own sign, Cancer, joining Sun here. Moon loves its own watery, heart centered sign. It loves the fluid nature of Cancer and the orientation towards home and heart. It needs the structure and landing force of home and heart in order to feel safe and secure. From this place, love can flow. As Moon continues through Punarvasu nakshatra, Aditi brings her resources, wisdom and awareness. She supports and nourishes through her knowledge, offering support and abundance to those who worship her. As the Mother of All Goodness, she brings freedom and release from struggle and strife. Notice how her support and wisdom arrives today. Do you say yes to it or no? How open are you to receiving? Late afternoon, Moon shifts to Pushya nakshatra and the nourishing star brings heart expansion and contraction. There is an opening and a closing happening simultaneously. Inhale and exhale. They are interdependent on each other. What are you opening to? What are you closing to?
Tuesday, August 2nd
Moon in 15th to 1st tithi
Amavasya to Pratipad
Moon transits Pushya nakshatra, the "nourishing star" the first part of the day. As Moon moves through its own sign of Cancer, comfort and support for the emotional body are felt. Pushya makes these themes stronger and more tangible. Moon moves into exact conjunction with Sun today as the New Moon takes place, however both planets are outside the influence of the other planets which bolsters some extra support. Jupiter is considered exalted in Cancer and he is currently feeling the pangs of Rahu and Leo still. Masculine and feminine integration is essential right now. Seek alignment and balance. Let your breath be a grounding resource for this.
Themes of nourishment, home and heart continue through the first part of August, sparked by this month's new Moon. The August New Moon arrives August 2nd at 14:45 MDT, while transiting its own sign Cancer and Ashlesha nakshatra. The focus on Cancer invites an emotional, heart centered focus for the coming waxing cycle. Energy moves in the direction of feelings, heart, home, comfort and grounding.
Libra is on the ascendant at the time of the New Moon, asking for balance- inner and outer, with self and others. Relationships become a focus for this cycle, while gains come from the heart and home. There's a need to be in co-creation, building teams, support systems and alliances. Invite in more support and security. Increase your connections and reach out. Seek community and resources that enliven your grounding cord. Find integration with your nourishment and support. Ask for what you need and be very clear with your self expression. If you aren't getting your needs met, you must first clarify your needs and then learn how to express them more effectively. Gather what you need for more resiliency and power.
Read more about the new Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, August 3rd
Moon in 1st to 2nd tithi
Pratipad to Dvitiya
Moon continues through Ashlesha nakshatra and Cancer the first part of the day. Sarpa energy continues, begging for detoxification and transformation. Sarpas are small snakes notorious for their deception, black magic and transcendental qualities. Where are the illusions keeping you from doing your inner work? How are your shadows keeping you playing small? Ashlesha brings the illusion of over confidence. If you think you're making progress, be sure that it's rooted in depth, lineage, honesty and right intention.
Early afternoon, Moon leaps into Leo, the sign most active currently with four planets moving through this fire sign. Moon magnifies the impact of these planets in Leo, bringing the experience directly into our emotional body. As Moon moves through Magha nakshatra today, a strong solar energy is enlivened which begs you to look at authority issues and ancestral karma- especially connected to your father. The delicate dance between masculine and feminine is being challenged right now. Where do you feel integration and balance in your body? Ground in this inner knowing and keep landing here.
Thursday, August 4th
Moon in 2nd and 3rd tithi
Dvitiya to Tritiya
Moon is waxing now and continues to move through Sun's sign, Leo today. Saturn gives his gaze to the Moon with this transit, as well as Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Rahu. Tension, pressure, grief and sadness are activated. Where do you feel this impacting your life and relationships? Moon continues through Magha nakshatra the first half of the day, begging you to honor the masculine, father and authority. Are you in right relationship with these parts of yourself? Where is the inner authority figure causing you to be imbalanced? Anger is a sure sign you are misaligned with your power. It means boundaries are being ignored. Check in with yourself. Where are you saying yes when you should be saying no? As Moon shifts into Purvaphalguni nakshatra late afternoon, Venus energy is enlivened. Get creative! Channel your immense creative intelligence into worthwhile activities. What are you passionate about? This is worthy of your energy and attention. Honor your grief and challenges directly by channeling emotion into your creative activities. Don't cut and paste over them!
Friday, August 5th
Moon in 3rd tithi
Moon continues through Purvaphalguni nakshatra the majority of the day, inviting in support from Bhaga, an Aditya that brings support through worldly resources. He is connected to pleasure, creativity, sexuality, sensuality and enjoyment. Ruling planet, Venus, brings life force energy to the forefront as well as a need for masculine and feminine energies. How can you put your creativity to good use today? Early evening, Moon moves to the latter half of the Phalguni constellation and Sun is activated. As an Aditya, Aryaman also brings his resources as well. His resources come through stability and long term support, that which sustains. He supports commitment and unions as a way to appease the ancestors. What choices and actions can you make to support sustainable outcomes today? Just before midnight Moon moves to Virgo, bringing precision and refinement.
Saturday, August 6th
Moon in 4th tithi
Aryaman continues to support sustainable actions and choices today, bringing resources from commitment. Move towards stability and support. What do you need to do for creating more stability in your life? Early evening, Moon shifts into Hasta nakshatra and Savitr brings his light and illumination. Wake up! Look within and gather the inner resources you need to get your deepest needs and desires met. Where are you stuck, resistant and in avoidance? Ask for support and commit to awakening, healing and clarifying your path. Recite Gayatri Mantra for extra support.
Sunday, August 7th
Moon in 5th tithi
Moon continues through Savitr's domain today, bringing light, resources and inner wisdom to the surface. Savitr is a form of the Sun, but comes in the form of the delicate morning light rays. He appears when night and day meet, which is a very sacred time of day with great potency. The hands are enlivened today. Put them to work. This nakshatra support the intelligence and awareness that is provoked through hand and eye coordination. Magic occurs when the hands create! As night fall arrives, Moon shifts to Chitra, the domain of the divine architect. Continue to use your creative life force energy to build, move and plan.
Monday, August 8th
Moon in 6th tithi
The week begins with Moon moving through the last pada of Virgo, moving through Chitra nakshatra. This is Vishvakarma's domain, the chief of the celestial architects. He builds, plans and structures the cosmos. As his name offers, he is connected to action, including karma yoga- powerful deeds that provide seva. He also supports thousands of arts and brings powerful action steps with him. Moon moves to Libra mid day, receiving gaze from Ketu. Anger and rage may be provoked. How can you channel this energy into more potent actions and choices. Remember that underneath the anger is your power. Touch your raw power and use it mindfully.
* All timing is in Mountain Daylight Time. To determine the current nakshatra for your time zone, add or subtract time based on your distance to Mountain Time.
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New Moon Gemini + Ardra
New Moon is on July 4th at 05:02 am. Metaphorically this is a day of independence in the US, which suits this new Moon and waxing cycle to come very well. How much freedom will you feel? That depends on your willingness to show up for yourself and break open the shadow you are clinging to.
At the time of the New Moon, four connections to Ardra nakshatra occur. The new Moon is in Ardra as well as the Sun. The sign on the horizon is Gemini, placed acutely in Ardra. Gemini's ruling planet, Mercury is in this constellation as well. The ruling planet of this star pattern is Rahu, insuring that shadow will be encountered. Rudra owns this part of the sky and as the storm god, he is sure to deliver. He especially offers emotional outbursts connected to anger and rage. Big waves of tears, grief and pain can be moved as well, which is an important next step for all of us- after just finishing up a Mula Nakshatra waning cycle that certainly tilled the inner soil.
Read more about the waxing cycle
Mars Goes Direct In Libra + Mars Re-enters Scorpio
As Mars moves through Libra, your focus on balance, stability and comfort may intensify. There will be an exchange of energy between Libra and Scorpio now as Mars rules Scorpio and Saturn is considered exalted in Libra. This may balance out the conflicting energy of both planets, helping polarities to harmonize and integrate more fully. Simultaneously it will be necessary to clarify tasks, goals and business structures in order to move forward without delays and frustrations. Relationships and finances will also request your focus, insisting that you pay attention in more concentrated ways. The need for balance and harmony with these areas of your life will be provoked, transformed and upgraded. Support this process by aligning with the theme of balance and honoring inner and outer needs. Forcing and pushing will result in excess frustrations and delays. Slow steady steps will win the race and help you move forward in a sustainable way at this time.
Mars goes direct on June 30th and must travel back through Libra once again, covering the territory he already moved through. This will take him until July 12th when he re-enters Scorpio. As Mars moves back to Scorpio, he rejoins Saturn here, this time until September 18th. In total, Mars will march through his own sign the majority of the year. Because he must contend with Saturn as well, there is ample opportunity in the coming months to truly integrate polarities that are causing you disconnections and disassociation.
The misalignment may activate in charged, passionate and contentious ways, however, the healing that can take place within Scorpio’s territory is like no other. The nature of this sign is depth and transformation. If you are willing to lean into the hidden parts of your being and diligently dive into your subconscious and unconscious territory, you will harvest pearls undoubtedly. However, those who resist, avoid and continue to suppress their emotional body messages, will find their discomfort and challenges amplified. The soreness and pain is nothing more than a request to lean in closer, look, notice and allow the shadow to emerge. As your dark matter rises, it can find its natural way of release. Movement is the medicine. Remember that the majority of this Mars and Saturn conjunction in Scorpio, the conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu will be active as well. Your darkness is requesting more wisdom on multiple levels as a result.
Themes for this coming Mars transit strongly include unifying polarities and extremes within your being. This may be through masculine and feminine forces, authority and subordinates, shadow and light. You may identify that your force versus surrender needs more integration. Strong themes of opening and closing will emerge in forceful and dramatic ways. Be prepared to let go. Clinging will only intensify the pain. Trust this process of release as it is moving you closer to your inner truth, the purpose of your life and path.
Dharmic awakening is possible as old doors will close swiftly. Are you willing to open new doors? Reach for the knob even if you’re in the dark. Work with your power authentically and consciously. Be true to your needs and move towards your strength, but notice when you are misaligned with your empowerment. True power is the harmony of masculine and feminine forces. Can you feel this within your body? Let the spine be an integration point and notice the sensations that strengthen and support this understanding. Expand what you think is possible for yourself. What are you willing to risk, to let go of, in order to receive more nourishment, truth and power? Move towards the nourishment of balance. Can you find the simplicity in the complexity?
Venus in Cancer
At 03:57 am MDT Venus moves from Gemini into Cancer, joining Moon here for a few hours. Venus separates from the Sun once again until the 16th. Once Sun moves to Cancer, their heated dance reactivates. Mercury joins Venus in Cancer on the 11th and the Venus, Sun, Mercury trio will activate again- heating mind and body, creativity and inner life force energy. Stay in and near water and use it as a resource for cleansing as well as cooling.
Nourishment of the heart becomes a central theme for this cycle as you navigate what feels supportive and what does not. Some will get complacent and even lazy in the coming weeks, mistaking the comfort zone for alignment with abundance. Just because there's no pinch, doesn't mean there isn't work to be done. You're likely avoiding something important. You'll know if you're truly aligned with your deep nourishment, if the body feels safe, grounded, supported and stable. Where do you feel this safety within?
It's your heart and home that will need your attention the most in this cycle. Your emotional body will be seeking greater nourishment and containment. Boundaries will be vital. Where are you pushing past your inner knowing? What does it feel like when you are in alignment with your boundaries? When you are out of alignment? This is an important time to learn the difference and notice the effects on your emotional body. There's a vital need for inner and outer balance being provoked. Are you awake enough to notice the inner messages arriving- or pushing past your inner wisdom? Let your heart lead the way and listen carefully to the ways it supports your need for safety, comfort and support. How do you get these needs met? Do your choices honor your true needs or are you fooling yourself? Move closer to the feeling of stability and support within your body.
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Mercury in Cancer
Mercury moves into the watery sign of Cancer at 22:05 MDT, joining Venus here. Outside of the gaze of any other planets, this creative duo can express itself more potently. This pair likes to be entrepreneurial, to create and co-create. Align with the flow of your abundant inner wisdom and activate resources and support to help you manifest dreams into reality. Use your feeling body to get the job done as this is the most crucial resource for manifestation that you have available to you.
This cycle is intimately connected with inner and outer balance. Personal and relational boundaries are key as you navigate internal and external influences arriving. Clarify what you need and what steps need to be taken for activation. The mirrors arriving are powerful and supportive in the coming weeks. They will help you work more harmoniously with what you are attracting if you choose to work with relationships consciously. Relationships as a whole will be very telling for you. What is being mirrored to you. Do you like what you see? The challenges are vital messengers. Everything from the outside is just a magnification of what needs to awaken more fully within you. Where are you resisting your shadow? If you want greater nourishment and support from the outside, you must be willing to uncover all the darkness within keeping you from experiencing this. It's the inner work that needs your attention.
Sun in Cancer
Sun moves to Cancer at 22:21 on July 15th, joining Venus and Mercury here. This Sun cycle brings healing and transformation with heart and relationships. Address your longings and cravings. Find the root of these needs and identify your actions and choices. How do you either support or negate your needs? What helps you align with your values and what moves you away?
Relationships become a very central resource in this cycle- a resource that mirrors and instigates new desires and new needs. There may be comfort and discomfort. Use everything as a resource for opening the pathways that you know nourish and support you. It's time to be very direct and intimate with what is showing up on your path. Everything is a mirror of your inner landscape. Everything is a resource for you to deepen and awaken your inner realms. Everything is arriving to help you dig up your pain and shadow so that it can be presented to the light. Sun brings the light this month to your heart and home. Let the chambers of your heart center awaken. Open the doors that have been locked for too long and let your inner wisdom soar.
This cycle also calls for deepening your support systems and asking for more guidance. The resources are here and everything you need for maximum growth and brilliance is surrounding you. Where are you resisting the resources, the guidance and support arriving? Take a leap of faith. If it feels impossible- it isn't. Where are you making it impossible? Work diligently with your resistance and notice where you are refusing to allow and accept. Where are you saying no to your receptivity, your ability to receive? Why?
Momentum and change in this cycle will require diligence, patience and compassion. Forcing and pushing will result in loss and suffering. Slow, steady steps will support your movement and change process. Meanwhile, keep dreaming and strengthen your imaginal realms. As you deepen your knowing, the next cycle can support the actions needed for bringing it into form.
The most auspicious full Moon of the year arrives on July 19th at 16:56. Guru Purnima is considered the fullest full Moon of the year, dedicated to gurus and teachers who bring you wisdom, guidance and support. This year, Guru Purnima occurs while the Moon is in Capricorn and UttaraAshada nakshatra- just a few degrees shy of landing in the sacred portal of Abhijit nakshatra. The Vishva Devas are enlivened, sparking support and assistance from universe and spirit.
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Mercury in Leo
On July 26th at 19:27, Mercury moves to Leo, joining Rahu and Jupiter here. The mind gains strength, power and potency, yet reflects some confusion and uncertainty with these themes at the same time. This cycle provides great learning and growth from relationships. Relationships become a powerful guru, teacher, in the weeks to come- whether it feels supportive or painful. The mind will be oriented to the challenges and resources coming to you. Most will arrive in the form of the “other”. What do you need on a deep, core level- for greater support and stability? Who and what do you need to guide you towards greater power and inner wisdom?
Great forces of change are present in this Mercury cycle. Through depth, learning and being present to the wisdom arriving- in the form of teachers, relationships and desire- allow these people to be resources for change. The mind is oriented towards greater support and courage. Inner power increases as you clear away the blockages and challenges keeping you from stepping into your power more directly. There is renewal, rejuvenation and healing happening in the weeks ahead. How do you show up for yourself and your journey of awakening? Be intentional with your momentum and seek the necessary support for more expansion.
Venus in Leo
Leo becomes a packed house in the coming weeks as Venus moves into this fire sign. Jupiter, Rahu and Mercury are also here and Sun will arrive in Leo mid month as well. As Venus moves into Leo on July 31st at 13:40, the sign of the father, power and ego intensifies. This magnification occurs as Jupiter prepares to leave Leo after a yearlong transit here. The lessons of the past cycle are magnifying, culminating in a stronger, more intense awareness. Relationships are the core focus at this time, instigating a deep desire to change, transform and heal the battles within your polarities. Masculine and feminine forces are ripe and asking for integration and co-creation.
Father wounds increase with this cycle as you more acutely work with the masculine energy within you. What stories are being enlivened- especially with regard to relationships? How does this mirror your relationship with your own father? Emotions will be strong, painful and forceful. Work with anger and rage consciously and channel this power into positive actions. Simultaneously the heart will be feeling more compassionate and expansion. There is a breaking open, a breaking free that is occurring within you. It’s your emotional body that is leading the way towards your freedom and liberation. You must work with your feelings very consciously in order to awaken from your depths. Your emotions will truly be your biggest teacher and resource for change in this cycle. Use them to heal and transform, to identify your needs and to attract resources that you need for lasting change.
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*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart.
Aries: Heart and home are central to your month. Creativity and imagination turn into heart centered momentum. Lead with your feelings and the wisdom within. You’re intuition is deepening and your gut intelligence is leading the way. This is helping you with relationships and your dharmic path. Trust your steps and the momentum being created- but don’t force or push for outcomes. Dig into your depths and move old karma diligently. It’s easy to keep these shadows covered, but growth on the levels of relationship, heart and self development depend on it.
Taurus: Relationships become confusing and tense with on and off momentum. They seem to lurch forward rather than progressing smoothly. What is in the way of your movement forward? There’s resistance in your heart, causing challenges with saying yes fully. What does this resistance tell you about your needs- for safety, security and support? Allow your creativity and heart to mingle. Let your hands awaken both. Write, create art, dance, make music. This will clean and awaken your heart.
Gemini: Communicate from your heart and honor your creative powers. Be courageous as you cultivate your artistic skills right now. Move towards relationships with awareness and recognize the mirrors coming to you as teachers. Healing is taking place in your gut right now but there is some resistance to digesting and assimilating the past. Where are you stuck, constipated and resisting the release process? Purify your diet and all that you are eating in your life. Let your words reflect a more authentic connection with your emotional wisdom.
Cancer: This is your month of awakening! Rise and shine, open your heart and head. Let your inner power and creativity lead the way. Pull from your depths and get authentic with yourself. Then share from this place of knowing. Relationships are your biggest resource for growth right now. Open your heart and allow the love to flow more fluidly. Speak your truth and use it to influence others. The light is coming on more fully as you dig deeply into your depths. Release and let go so you can make space for the new.
Leo: Work consciously with self and relationships. Part of you is growing and expanding because you are clearing and creating space for the new. Keep releasing and letting go so that there’s room for more of what you really want and need. Your heart is stuck in stops and starts, opens and closes. It is learning how to open and close more smoothly. What is the resistance to opening more fully? Work with this diligently. There is a lot of release and letting go this month for you. Consider it a rest phase, a preparation.
Virgo: Continue to clear your gut so your intuitive wisdom deepens and strengthens. Release, clear and liberate yourself from the past. Endings are coming to a close as you prepare for a new cycle of wisdom, growth and relationship with self. Honor this need for release and notice where you’re resisting the transformation process. Courageously move in the direction of your dharma. Awaken arms, hands and shoulders as they have wisdom to share with you. Gains come from your forward momentum and not lingering in the past.
Libra: Take your dharmic wisdom and turn it into an offering. Share, co-create and express your inner knowing to the world. Clear away the rubble and the resistance and step forward with more conviction and clarity. Clean up your gut and intuition will get stronger. Gains come from your efforts, relationships and action steps. Refine your speaking and word choice. Speak carefully and honor your feelings. Comfort is a main priority right now. Work on finding stability from within.
Scorpio: As you work with your self more closely right now, honor the slow and steady pace of your steps. There has been less rushing and forcing, more dropping in to the ease and gentleness of not pushing. This is a new pace for you. Work with this feeling as a resource for creating deeper trust- with self and universe. Relationships continue to be a resource for stability and support, while also mirroring the resistance you have with this. Use the wisdom you’re experiencing as an offering to others. Open and awaken your heart. This is the guru within you that has been waiting to share some powerful messages of truth with you.
Sagittarius: Slowly work with liberation, release and letting go. Away time and alone time are essential right now but you’ll need to find a healthy balance of inner and outer. Attend to the inner guru and outer guru by diving deeply within your unconscious terrain. Relationships and your own heart wisdom are big teachers for you right now. Attend to the deep feelings emerging. Attend to lost love and grief from endings. Old memories and stories may emerge to trigger the clearing and release. Honor your needs and be truthful with yourself.
Capricorn: Relationships are a powerful resource this month. You have learned a lot recently about your inner needs- what works for you and what doesn’t. Part of you is ready to merge with others, while the rest of you is hesitant to step forward. Go slow and be methodical. Gains come with conscious steps. Imagination is strengthened with collaboration. Invite others into your process. Work on finding support and stability within, then reach out to others for extra guidance. Roots before branches.
Aquarius: Healing and releasing comes from the heart and stomach right now. The heart is being cleared and cleaned so that you can see and feel more clearly. This is effecting your finances and your stability and support. What is the resistance to clearing the past and releasing the pain? Part of you wants to move forward, while the rest of you is stuck in the unknown. Your offerings become erratic as action steps are challenged with stops and starts. This is effecting your trust- in self and others. You’re learning how to slow down and work with challenges in new ways. Honor your steps and the steadiness that is being cultivated within.
Pisces: Cleaning up your gut means that your heart is also being cleared. Attend to to your heart and your digestion will improve. The connection between heart and stomach is strong right now. Clean, clear and purify. Keep moving out bad habits and bringing them to the surface. There’s confusion about your needs and how to get them met. Particularly with regard to money and relationships. Honor your needs- both worldly and spiritual. Keep moving in a direction that honors these needs and integrates them. Your efforts will pay off.
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